Wildflowers are sparse but beautiful this year

July 15, 2012
Although the monsoon rains have been a daily occurrence in Southwest Colorado, the wildflower season is slow to start.  At low altitudes the only flowers I saw were fireweed and daisies.  However, at higher altitudes, like Coal Bank pass and Clear Lake Basin, the wilds were just beginning to bloom.  The stars of the show so far are Paintbrush and Tall Chiming Bluebells.

Bluebells are often challenging subjects to photograph as they are found in meadows where the wind is frequently blowing. In this example I set the aperture at f9 and the shutter speed at 125, at an ISO of 320, patiently waiting for the wind to calm (which also gave me time to really enjoy the land and light falling on the flowers)

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